The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #69569   Message #1182104
Posted By: s&r
10-May-04 - 04:43 AM
Thread Name: 50th and last Sidmouth festival?
Subject: RE: 50th and last Sidmouth festival?
Didn't a wet Sidmouth week virtually bankrupt EFDSS? My memory is that Steve Heap/John Haden took a huge chance and turned a festival which was a loss maker into a viable organisation.

Steve Heap has a business-like approach to festivals, and I hope makes a profit - that's where the next festival comes from. His organisational skills have resulted in the AFO (Association of Festival Organisers) to which most festivals belong. The annual conference has helped many festivals to understand the Law, Grant Aid, and similar, and has provided a voice for the Folk community with Government and the PRS.

Festivals are businesses whether we like it or not; we must comply with ever more complex laws, have contracts with Artists, Traders, Venues etc.

I hope Sidmouth continues (though it's not my choice); I think Steve Heap is attempting to demonstrate to councils et al that Folk Festivals bring valuable business into an area, with a high degree of retained income. Other areas of 'Arts' enjoy massive grants and subsidy. Let's hope this move results in realistic help from councils and the Government